Made in America -- It's more than just supporting our local friends & family, neighbors & colleagues ... Shifting to produce products in the USA has the following strategic benefits for your business:
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Choosing to manufacture in the USA will offer you and your team greater control over elements such as materials and production + shipping timing.
You can bet that when you choose "American Made" that the delivery timing will improve significantly. Think about it ... the amount of ground to cover between your factory and your warehouse is significantly less than if you were producing cross continental. Accessibility is another huge advantage. Should there be a hiccup in production timing, you or someone you know could access the factory and the pick up the goods yourself if you absolutely had to. Can't do this in Shanghai.
Europe and the USA are known for quality. These production locations are not competing based on who can offer the best price -- they are competing for who can offer the best quality. If your brand is quality-driven, you should be narrowing your scope to these spheres. In addition, the governing bodies have strict material and ingredient requirements to protect the consumer. This is not the case in all countries...
Minimum Order Quantities
As mentioned above, USA based manufacturers are not competing based on production cost so they will charge a higher production fee. The beneficial tradeoff is that you can expect significantly more favorable minimum order quantities.
Less friction overall
Considering each of the above: Increased Control, Favorable logistics, Improved Quality, and lower Minimum Order Quantities are a few among many benefits of producing your products in the USA. The final benefit is less friction overall, meaning the process is just simpler and cleaner. No barrier to entry, no language barrier, and no customs/duties obligations.
Supporting the American Dream
Finally, as I come from multiple family lines of generational family business, I like to remember that producing product in the USA is quite literally supporting the American Dream. Encouraging Entrepreneurship, providing others with Autonomy, and growing networks to support future partnerships.
What would you add to the above?